I don't know if I'm posting his thread in the right place, but we have a 19-month old powerhouse Golden Retriever pet dog who's more from a working line. He's lovely and can be calm at home, but needs his exercise. So with his instincts and love of life, has been pulling on the lead ever since day one. Although he has massively improved using a head collar or a harness that squeezes his armpits(!!!), he would still prefer to charge ahead as much as he can. He's a bit of an obsessive sniffer and a compulsive social butterfly on our walks - I guess he thinks he's leading the "hunt" and we are oh so boring! It doesn't bother my husband or my strong 17-year old lad to charge around the village with our friendly dog, but I'm a bit fed up at being "dragged around" when I take him out for walks. And at 38kg, he's done my back in a couple of times... There's not much loose leash walking, and he's learned to pull with whatever walking restraints that we've bought. I would really like to insist on teaching him to walk to heel, but am aware that it's going to take a long time and a lot of hard work to change the deep-seated bad habits. Plus, it won't be consistent for the dog as no one else in the household is prepared to do the training but would take him out on walks in the current mode. Is it possible to train a dog to walk to heel when you give the "heel" command only, and let him go sniff and do doggy stuff at other times, or would it be too confusing for him? I also wonder if it's possible, once the dog has got the hang of walking to heel, say at home with a new harness, for him to associate the harness to walking to heel? Even though we may walk the same stretch of road that he's pulled us along for months using the other devices?